Bling a ding ding
Fashion gets a conscience, as Vancouver jewelry designer Teresa Smed repurposes vintage bobbles
We all want success, but sometimes it comes back to bite us. Recycled jewelry, for example, is all the rage in trendy boutiques, leaving pioneers like Dotted Loop’s Teresa Smed scrambling to find vintage and antique materials.
“The city has been picked over,” says the designer, who refuses to divulge where she currently finds her caches of treasure to refashion into her statement necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
With high fashion’s current infatuation with ornamenting the neck (check out Missoni’s car-grille breastplate or the use of multiple chains at Chanel), Smed’s designs couldn’t be more on target. “I have one necklace that’s practically like wearing a dinner plate around your neck,” she jokes.
But for her, it’s fashion with a conscience. Seventy-five percent of her materials are recycled, and her clasps and earring hooks are made locally. Her waste is so low, it takes her two weeks to fill a little paper sandwich bag with her castoffs. Her inspiration comes from the materials she works with (battered, worn gold is a current fave), old-time Hollywood glamourpusses, and good old rock ’n roll. Prices vary.